Business Volunteers for the Arts

Connecting arts organizations to business experts

"We had a great experience working with the program
as our consultant worked with us to review
our publicity and marketing intitiatives."

Claire Calnan
Executive Producer
Hamilton Fringe Festival


What is BVA?

Business Volunteers for the Arts is a program of the Hamilton Arts Council that connects our affiliated arts organizations with consulting and mentoring expertise from business professionals in the Hamilton area.


Why BVA?

The Hamilton Arts Council believes that with professional-quality expertise and mentorship from dedicated business professionals, arts organizations can improve internal procedures, lend energy to marketing efforts, and develop plans to increase long-term capacity. The program provides mutual benefit to participants by connecting arts organizations to business expertise to sustain their operations, and by forging meaningful participation in the arts among business professionals.

Check out this testimonial by Musicata: Hamilton's Voice on the benefits of BVA.


How does BVA work?

Acting as a liaison between businesses and the arts, the Hamilton Arts Council facilitates volunteer agreements between business professional and arts organization to set goals and expectations for both parties and provide support along the way.


What does BVA offer?

Currently, our BVA program serves to assist arts organizations in the following areas: Marketing Planning, Strategic Planning, Social Media Planning, and Business Plan Development.


Past Participants of BVA


"The program challenged me to apply my expertise
in a new sector and learn more about the arts,
their challenges, opporetunities
and importance in our lives."

Peter Ray Bailey
Senior Specialist, Corporate Communication
ArcelorMittal Dofasco


Get Involved

Arts Organizations

Are you an arts organization that would like to take advantage of the BVA program? First of all, you need to join the Hamilton Arts Council as a Member. Tell us a bit about why you think the BVA program would work for you by sending us an email.

Business Professionals

Are you a business professional looking to apply your skills to improving Hamilton's arts scene or assisting an organization? We are always looking for additional business volunteers to expand our program so please contact our Operations Officer, Stephen Near for additional information.